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'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' trailer brings the Warrens back for a supernatural court case

By Josh Weiss

Make sure to keep the lights on before going to bed tonight, dear reader. Warner Bros. just unleashed the first trailer for the third Conjuring movie, subtitled The Devil Made Me Do It, and things look just as scary as ever. The famous Warrens, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga), are officially back for another round of unspeakable evil.

In this outing, the pair of supernatural experts tackle the real-world legal case of Arne Johnson (played by in the movie by Ruairi O'Connor), a man put on trial in the early 1980s for murdering his landlord. Johnson's defense was — get this — that demons compelled him to commit the crime. It was the first time in American history when a person attempted to use demonic possession as a viable excuse for acquittal. "The court accepts the existence of God every time a witness swears to tell the truth," Ed says in the trailer. "I think it's about time they accept the existence of the Devil." You gotta admit, the man brings up a pretty fair point.

Taking the franchise reins over from James Wan is Michael Chaves, director of another entry in the shared Conjuring mythology: 2019's The Curse of La Llorona. “In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie,” the filmmaker teased to IGN this week, while also comparing the film to David Fincher's Se7en. “I showed the final cut to Vera and her husband and they agreed, and they were like, ‘This is the darkest Conjuring movie.’ It digs into some really dark material. This is definitely a case where there's real consequence, there's real victims."

Swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth before watching the trailer below:

"I really want The Conjuring 3 to get away from the haunted house set-up of the first two Conjuring films," Wan, who continues to executive-produce the franchise, said last year. "It should be more on a whole different level, something that we've never explored before in the Conjuring world."

“This is really taking the Warrens into uncharted places,” Chaves told IGN. “Being a fan of the franchise, I was honestly really nervous at first breaking with convention, breaking with a lot of things that are tradition, but I think that what we've done is really woven the language and the things that you do want from a Conjuring film - the scares, the Warrens, their relationship - [and [pushed them] to the limits in this really fresh and exciting new direction."

Sarah Catherine Hook (Monsterland) and Julian Hilliard (WandaVision) co-star.

Penned by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2Aquaman), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will possess theaters and HBO Max Friday, June 4.

Head below for a look at the official poster and a slew of production stills guranteed to raise the little hairs on the back of your neck...